Yep, Il Papa has been making news, yet again.. and whipping the progressives into a frenzy. Can you feel the earth shaking? I love reading what the media has to say about Pope Francis. He has “demoted” Raymond Cardinal Burke, who is apparently an evil right wing conservative. I feel so fortunate, for without them, I would not have a clue about what was going on in the Universal Church.
I greatly enjoy reading the comments of the misguided on major media websites, as they have a great deal to say about things they know nothing about. According to some of the things I have read, the Church is changing its view on the GBLT community, because, you know, Jesus never said anything negative about the gay community. Also, GBLT behavior is no longer sinful, because now DC people can get married. And should somebody take an opposing position, you can bet your bottom dollar that somebody will bring up papal infallibility. You also get to read “Judge not, lest ye be judged”, and that the Church has no right to deny Communion to anybody.
Many years ago, as I was at a Pet Expo. They had a liger, which is part lion, part tiger, for those of you who do not have bow hunting or nunchuck skills . It was in a cage, which was a few feet behind a rope barrier. A lady near me was banging on the cage of this sizable beast (FYI – a different sort of beast from #48), and one of the handlers came over and told her to stop banging on the cage because it was disturbing the liger. The enlightened response from the lady? “There’s no sign saying not to bang on the cage” – really, you can’t make up stuff like this. For those who think DC behavior is OK because The Man didn’t explicitly say anything about the lifestyle, I submit to you that you are banging on the cage. The Man defined marriage as being between one man and one woman, and any sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful. The Catholic Church does not (and will never) recognize alternative lifestyle marriages as being valid. Of course, you don’t need to read the Bible to understand this, a high school biology textbook (and perhaps a brief tutorial taught by Captain Obvious) should be enough to wise you up.
As far as papal infallibility is concerned, it does not mean that every word from the mouth of the HF is unassailable. If he says “The moon is made of green cheese”, it is not incumbent on Catholics to fall in line (FYI – we all know it’s more of a yellow cheesy substance, not unlike Cheez Whiz).
Finally, on to judgement, which happens to all of us in the end. It is important to judge behavior, because things like murder and rape are evil, and need to be identified as such if we want to live in a civilized society. It is also important to avoid passing judgement on others when you really have no idea what they are doing in their private lives. However, when a politician runs as a pro-abortion candidate in order to get votes, then they have publicly declared a position that is against Church teaching. You can’t come out and say “I am pro-life, but my constituency is pro-choice, therefor I must vote pro-choice”. Wrong! You should have said that you were pro-life when campaigning, and that is how you will vote. So, yes, the Church has every right at that point to deny Communion to those politicians. Same applies to anyone who declares they are behaving in a way that is contrary to Church teaching, like “I am living with my girlfriend”.